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Divorce Dictionary

Term Main definition
Jactitation

False and malicious claim to a marriage which has no existence.

Jactitation

False and malicious claim to a marriage which has no existence.

Join

To become a party to a case.

Judge

Officer of the court who presides over proceedings with responsibility to manage a case effectively, ensure correct procedure is followed and issue directions and orders based on the evidence and the law.

Judgment

Spoken or written decision of a judge and the reasoning behind it.

Judicatory

System of courts of law and tribunals.

Judicial Continuity

Principle that a single judge should hear a case from beginning to end.

Judicial Discretion

Wide latitude of a judge to make whatever order he thinks appropriate.

Judicial Separation

Decree in which the parties remain legally married but the obligations of the marriage cease.

Jurat (Latin: “he swears”)

Clause at the end of an affidavit stating the date, place, and name of the person before whom it was sworn.

Jurisdiction

Court’s geographical area of influence or its legal power to intervene.

Jurisprudence

Body of common law established by case precedents.